"We continue to eat our lunch. I am pretty sure that we spend over 450 Billion dollars in the Iraq war every year, and that we spend more than 650 Billion dollars in the Afghanistan War. That is about 1.2 Trillion dollars in defense money that we spend every year for these two wars. Now, please bear in mind that for 124 Billion dollars, we could cover Health Insurance for every uninsured family in the U.S., and that 68 Billion dollars would cover the conversion of cars in the USA, from oil today, to run on pure ethanol natural gas. It would then take 30 Billion dollars to cover all primary education for every child on the planet, let alone in the USA, and 7 more Billion Dollars would end all hunger issues in the USA. That total amount needed for the United States to cover all those costs together, is much less than what we spend on war."
In this classic story that takes place on a road trip throughout the United States, Don Lichterman tells of his experiences at an Indian Reservation, the country's largest music festival and a band's final tour. During his journey all around America, Lichterman talks about his relationships gained and lost along the way debating important issues facing the U.S, such as the upsurge in government spending, the job market, the state of the economy, religion, the criminal justice system/laws, the War on Drugs, the War On Terror, the housing bust, the health care system, private prisons and private jails.